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A new book, co-edited by ComDev’s Oscar Hemer, analyzes recent developments in Turkey from a comparative global perspective. In the Aftermath of Gezi-From Social Movement to Social Change?
is the latest title in the Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change series:

This edited volume addresses various aspects of social and political development in Turkey and the latter’s role within a global context. Paradigmatically and theoretically, it is situated in the realm of communication and/for social change. The chapters thread together to present a fresh and innovative study that explores an array of issues related to the Gezi protests and their aftermath by scholars and activists from Scandinavia, Turkey and India. Through its thorough analysis of the government’s repressive policy and the communication strategies of resistance, during the protests as well as in the dramatic on-going aftermath, the volume has wide international and interdisciplinary appeal, suitable for those with an interest in globalization, communication and media, politics, and social change.

The book also includes contributions by ComDev professor Ronald Stade and PhD student Erliza Lopez-Pedersen.
This is another new title in the series with significant contributions from ComDev faculty and collaborators.

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Dear all,

These are exciting times at ComDev again! The autumn semester just kicked off with more than 150 students across all our courses and we just held our initial teaching seminar with a group of more than twenty students on site and many more online!

The autumn application window for ComDev’s MA program is open from 15 September – 16 October and we are once again looking forward to receiving your application.

Our 1-year flagship online blended learning MA program

You will find all the details on the 1-year MA page.

Based on our initial experiences and the strong competition for spaces we strongly encourage you to submit a letter and strengthen your application!

The MA program is a 50% full-time course taught in our online blended learning ‘glocal classroom’ that we have pioneered, improved and enhanced for more than 15 years!
ComDev program coordinator Tobias Denskus recently introduced the ‘Glocal Classroom’ in the context of the university’s internationalisation efforts.

If you are interested in learning more about ComDev’s past, present & future you can also watch our program introduction seminar held at the beginning of the semester.

You can also read what graduates from the course have said about ComDev. We just uploaded three more profiles in connection with the ComDev experiences in the United Nations system and a recent portrait of one of our pioneering graduates, Rosita Ericsson:

ComDev is most of all an attitude: my studies had given me methodologies and ways of approaching development objectives that definitively helped me – and made our projects better.

Please note that all applications have to be made through Sweden’s central university admissions website and that we only evaluate the letters of intent and not other parts of your application. University admission should always be your first point of contact regarding application matters, including formal qualifications or language requirements.
However, our colleagues at Malmö University admissions (admissions(at)mah.se) and our course administrator Åsa Ulemark can be contacted for technical questions regarding your application as well – and you can also get in touch with the ComDev team at comdev(at)mah.se – just allow a few days for replying individually during the ongoing activities in the semester.

We are looking forward to your applications and welcoming you to Malmö in January 2018!

Tobias Denskus & the ComDev team

A two-day symposium at Malmö University 14-15 September 2017

Venue: Storm, Gäddan, Citadellsvägen 7

Resurging nationalism, identity politics and xenophobia are local responses, worldwide, to a planet increasingly characterised by the flexible mobility of people, ideas, images and things.

In the EU and Europe as well as in the United States since long taken-for-granted truths about the sustainability of democracy and its core values have in recent years been fundamentally challenged, through the electoral wins of populist politics appealing to unexpectedly large portions of the electorate. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has for example proudly envisioned the future of Hungary as an illiberal state.

The ongoing contest between democracy and authoritarianism unfolds on all levels of political and social contestation, from the global arena to very hands-on local and everyday activities.

A key to address the challenge of illiberalism in its many forms – religious fundamentalism, right-wing populism, radical identity politics – is finding forms for “cross-cutting communication”. Conviviality, as proposed by Paul Gilroy (2004) provides a vocabulary to speak without referring to fixed categories of ethnicity etc., from where convivial understandings of the space we share, locally and globally, may emerge.

The two-day symposium is a joint arrangement by the research networks Demokraft and Conviviality at the Crossroads at Malmö University.

Keynote speakers

Alex Dukalskis, Assistant Professor, University College Dublin

Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Professor, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen

Magdalena Nowicka, Professor, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin

Raymond Taras, Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans

Discussants

Kerry Bystrom, Professor, Bard College, Berlin

Rebecka Lettevall, Dean, Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University

Programme

Thursday 14 September

13.00-13.15 Welcome. Introduction to the symposium by network coordinators Oscar Hemer and Bo Petersson
13.15-14.15 Raymond Taras: The Virtue of Hospitality and the Horror of Wasted Lives: Fated to Illiberalism?
14.30-15.30 Magdalena Nowicka: Troubled with-ness: on promises of conviviality research
15.30-16.00  Coffee
16.00-17.00
Book launch: In the Aftermath of Gezi : From social movement to social change? Eds. Oscar Hemer & Hans-Åke Persson.
Panel discussion with authors Oscar Hemer (chair), Spyros Sofos and Thomas Tufte.
Discussants: Umut Özkirimli and Pinar Dinc, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Lund University
17.00-  Reception

Friday 15 September

12.00-13.00  Lunch at Niagara restaurant
13.15-14.15 Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez: Creolizing Europe: On transversal conviviality
14.30-15.30 Alex Dukalskis: What Autocracies Say, What they Hide, and Why it Matters
15.30-16.00 Coffee
16.00-16.45 Conviviality and Illiberalism. Concluding panel discussion with all keynote speakers. Discussants: Kerry Bystrom and Rebecka Lettevall

Home at the Crossroads-Imagining the City by artistic and academic means, 7 June

by Tobias Denskus May 30, 2017 Uncategorized

Open Seminar in collaboration between Freeman’s and the Conviviality at the Crossroads network at Malmö University 7 June 2017, 13.00 – 18.00 Venue: Auditorium B2, Niagara building, ground floor, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö 13.00 – 13.15                 Welcome Rebecka Lettevall, Dean of Malmö University’s Faculty of Culture and Society, Oscar Hemer, coordinator of theConviviality at the […]

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Erasmus+ E-skills for jobs seminar Latvia

by Tobias Denskus March 30, 2017 Uncategorized

On invitation of the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR), ComDev’s Tobias Denskus attended a transnational thematic seminar on “Erasmus+ developing e-skills for jobs” hosted by the Latvian State Education Development Agency in Riga. Discussing with more than 50 participants, mainly from the Latvian high school and education sector, Tobias spoke about “Communicating development & […]

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New book! Methodological Reflections on Researching Communication and Social Change

by Tobias Denskus January 24, 2017 Uncategorized

A new book, Methodological Reflections on Researching Communication and Social Change, edited by Örecomm colleagues Norbert Wildermuth and Teke Ngomba features new chapters by ComDev researchers, alumni of the program and many collaborators from Malmö and Roskilde University! The book expands the growing Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change series. Official synopsis: This book […]

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New journal article on Places, Landscape and Production of Memory

by Tobias Denskus November 28, 2016 Uncategorized

City Symphony Malmö: the spatial politics of non-institutional memory New article coauthored by ComDev’s Anders Høg Hansen and Erling Björgvinsson (Interaction Design, formerly Malmö University, now at Gothenburg) published in the Journal Media Practice, explores the function of media in the creation of non-institutional memory and discusses the complexities of participatory and spatially distributed filmmaking […]

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New journal article on ritualized peace research conference spaces in Germany

by Tobias Denskus July 5, 2016 Uncategorized

From Social Movement to Ritualized Conference Spaces: The Evolution of Peace Research Professionalism in Germany is the title of ComDev’s Tobias Denskus‘ latest research article just published in the journal Peace & Change: The article employs anthropological ritual theory and the concepts of symbolism and liminality to provide a theoretical framework for analyzing ethnographic insights […]

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Open Comdev web seminar: Community Radio for Change

by Mikael May 20, 2016 Uncategorized

Your browser does not support iframes. Live Tuesday, 24 May, 13:00 Swedish Time (11 AM UTC) and in Live Lecture for Comdev students With Anders Høg Hansen and Birgitte Jallov In what ways can community radio spark social change? This web seminar will cover the aspects of community radio, discuss why information matters and how the voices […]

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New MEDEA VOX podcast on Extremist Communication

by Tobias Denskus March 3, 2016 Uncategorized

Our media and communication colleagues just launched as new podcast program as part of their Medea platform. The first episode of Medea Vox discusses how political extremists use the internet and social media to promote their cause: Today we’re going to approach the topic of online communication from a different angle, thinking through the propaganda […]

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